Crown and Bridge

Crowns and bridges are used to restore missing and damaged teeth. Crowns are used when individual teeth need restoring and bridges are used to replace a missing tooth by “bridging” and artificial tooth between two existing teeth.

A crown is a hollow artificial tooth that goes over top of a damaged or decayed tooth. This both restores the tooth and protects it from more damage.

When do you need to have a crown?

You may need a crown when:

  • You have an old tooth that’s already broken or worn down
  • You have a weak or cracked tooth
  • You need to hold a dental bridge in place

A bridge caps the two teeth between a missing tooth with an artificial tooth in between. This helps keeps teeth in place and give you an long lasting, natural looking, artificial tooth.

Caring for Crowns and Bridges

  • Try not to chew hard or sticky foods as these may damage your crown or bridge
  • Floss regularly, making sure you get under a bridge and around the base of the crowns. Products such as Superfloss help get under bridges.
  • Use anti-bacterial mouthwash every day
  • A water-flosser will help you get under a bridge and remove food from hard to reach places

Think you may a crown or a bridge?